This is Jeppy, a 3-year-old Chihuahua/Poodle Mix. Jeppy and his dad do everything together, including fishing.
Jeppy joined his dad fishing one afternoon, and when his dad left for a few seconds, Jeppy took advantage of the unsupervised fishing pole and enjoyed a tasty worm snack. Unfortunately, he also swallowed the fishing hook. Jeppy was rushed to the vet where his family was told that Jeppy would need surgery to remove the fishing hook.
Jeppy's parents just had a baby, his mom isn't working, and the only income the family has right now is his dad's. This unexpected expense could not come at a worse time.
Dogs are great companions, even when fishing; however, shiny lures and bait are pretty tempting for our furry friends. PetMD reminds us that if a fishhook should become embedded in the dog's paw, mouth, esophagus or stomach it requires special care (including sedation, minor surgery, endoscopy and pain medications) to remove it.
For those who don’t know, if a fishing hook is caught in your dog’s mouth or paw, the dog will probably need to be sedated to have the tips cut before being removed. If the hook is swallowed, the situation is more dangerous. As the fish hook moves through the dog’s intestines, the barbs of a fish hook will damage the lining. These small cuts will likely heal but if the hook pokes through the intestinal lining bacteria will leak into the abdomen, which can lead to death. Be sure to reach out to your vet for any fish hook incidents with your pup.
Jeppy's dad applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help with this unexpected veterinary bill, and we were more than happy to provide assistance. Jeppy had his surgery and his dad says he's recovering well, and that he learned a very valuable lesson to never leave any items unsupervised around Jeppy!
No matter what is happening with your fur kid, at any stage of life, Fur Kids Foundation encourages you to call your veterinarian sooner rather than later.
Will you donate $10 today to help us continue to help fur kids get back on their paws? Donations are tax deductible. Or you can join our pack to help get fur kids back on their paws by becoming a volunteer. If you didn’t know, Fur Kids Foundation is 100% run by dedicated volunteers who give their time to help the Foundation raise money with events, take applications, and spread the word about the good work the Foundation does in Campbell County, Wyoming.